Caitlyn Jenner to be sued for $18.5 million following car crash in February


Caitlyn Jenner to be sued for $18.5 million following car crash in February

Caitlyn Jenner is set to be sued for her involvement in a road accident in February.

 

Ashlee Kelly | Gay Star News | August 29, 2015

Trans icon and former Olympic athlete Caitlyn Jenner is set to be sued for $18.5 million for her involvement in a road accident in February that left a woman dead.

Entertainment news site TMZ have reported that the driver and four passengers of a Hummer, which was hit during the accident, are planning to sue Jenner, stating her negligence caused the crash.

The group have also filed a lawsuit against the estate of Kim Howe, who died in the accident, for the same amount, claiming the deceased was also negligent in the accident.

The accident back in February occurred after Jenner collided with a Lexus whilst driving down the Pacific Coast Highway in Los Angeles. The Lexus was then pushed into oncoming traffic, where it was hit by the Hummer.

Jenner has also been by Jessica Steindorff, whose car was also hit by the reality star in the accident, and a lawsuit for wrongful death against her has been filed by the stepchildren of Howe.

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Teens Nearly Killed After Police Mistook Telescope for a Rifle and Sweater for a Tactical Vest


 

Matt Agorist | The Free Thought Project | AlterNet | August 29, 2015

Fargo, ND — On Monday night, Levi Joraanstad and Colin Waldera were setting up their large telescope to take pictures of the moon. However, they were quickly interrupted by bright spotlights and loud voices yelling at them to stop moving.

Thinking it was a joke or a prank by fellow students, Waldera and Joraanstad continued to dig in their bags and ignored the shouting voices.

“I was kind of fumbling around with my stuff and my roommate and I were kind of talking, we were kind of wondering, what the heck’s going on?” said NDSU junior Levi Joraanstad. “This is pretty dumb that these guys are doing this. And then they started shouting to quit moving or we could be shot. And so at that moment we kind of look at each other and we’re thinking we better take this seriously.”

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6.5 Million Americans Drink Water Contaminated With the Chemical Used to Make Non-Stick Pans


Nationwide testing has found that 6.5 million Americans in 27 states are drinking water tainted by the chemical known as PFOA, used to make Teflon. (photo: Flickr)
Nationwide testing has found that 6.5 million Americans in 27 states are drinking water tainted by the chemical known as PFOA, used to make Teflon. (photo: Flickr)

 

David Andrews | Environmental Working Group | Reader Supported News | August 29, 2015

hen you drink a glass of water, you expect it to be clean and pure, not contaminated with invisible toxic chemicals. But nationwide testing has found that 6.5 million Americans in 27 states are drinking water tainted by an industrial compound that was used for decades to make Teflon.

The chemical, known as PFOA, has been detected in 94 public water systems. The amounts are small, but new research indicates that it can be hazardous even at the tiniest doses. PFOA and closely related fluorinated chemicals—including PFOS, once used to make Scotchgard—can cause cancer, birth defects and heart disease and weaken the immune system.

Even the lowest level of PFOA detected by the water testing, which was mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), was about five times higher than what’s safe to drink, according to the new research. This means that even if the EPA has not reported finding PFOA in your drinking water supply, it could still be contaminated.

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Bankers Are Buying Baltimore’s Debt, Charging Families Crazy Interest Rates, Then Take Their Home


Baltimore police car at crime scene. (photo: Patrick Semansky/AP)
Baltimore police car at crime scene. (photo: Patrick Semansky/AP)

 

Alice Ollstein | ThinkProgress | Reader Supported News | August 29, 2015

 

he death of Freddie Gray in police custody in Baltimore and the ensuing protests brought the nation’s attention to the economic devastation that continues to grip the city. Now, new data shows powerful hedge funds are profiting off of struggling families in Baltimore by buying up debts as small as $250, charging high interest rates, and taking their homes when they fail to pay. A report just released by the research and advocacy group HedgeClippers documents how the Wall Street hedge fund Fortress Investment Group and the Los Angeles-based Imperial Capital bought up hundreds of these small liens this year — on everything from an unpaid water bills to delinquent property taxes — and could take property worth tens of millions of dollars if the families can’t pay.

Once the hedge funds buy up these small debts, they reap an 18 percent interest, according to the Baltimore-based research group The Abell Foundation. More fees pile up after four months, and if the families can’t pay, they lose their homes. An analysis of those impacted in 2014 found the families had been living in their homes an average of 21 years. Half were elderly, more than a third were disabled, and the majority were African American.

State Delegate Cory McCray, a Democrat who grew up in and represents Baltimore, told ThinkProgress he has gotten a handful of phone calls this year from constituents on the cusp of losing their home over an unpaid water bill.

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Turns Out Ted Cruz’s Father Rafael Is Just As Obsessed With Gay Sex As His Son


Dan Tracer  | Queerty | August 28, 2015

Think of Ted Cruz’s father Rafael as an older, unwiser version of Ted Cruz. The apple did not fall far from the tree.

Cruz Sr. is no stranger to spouting Bible-laced nonsense into a microphone all in the hopes of Teddy gaining attention.

Related: Candidates Share Longing Gaze Before Signing Batsh*t Crazy Pledge To Ban Gay Propaganda, End Gay Marriage

In the past he’s gone so far as to assert that gay people being called “gay” is actually a conspiracy by liberals to make it more socially acceptable. Because gay means happy! Mind. Blown.

Below, he tells a crowd that, “The devil overplayed his hand,” with the SCOTUS marriage equality decision.

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Will Peace Find a 2016 Advocate?


Hillary Clinton. (photo: AP)
Hillary Clinton. (photo: AP)

 

Robert Parry | Consortium News | Reader Supported News | August 29, 2015

 

Campaign 2016 has offered few useful ideas about worsening global crises. On the Republican side, it’s been mostly the same-old tough talk while Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have said little. Is there a way to break through the frozen thinking about world conflicts, asks Robert Parry.

 

t least since the 1980s – when Ronald Reagan made war seem like fun again and the modern mainstream media took shape – the Democratic Party has lacked a coherent foreign policy, highlighted today by the fact that its top 2016 presidential candidates have largely evaded the topic in favor – almost exclusively – of domestic issues.

Part of the problem is that Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton has a record of pandering to the neoconservatives during her time as a U.S. senator from New York and as Secretary of State. She voted for the Iraq War in 2002 and, while President Barack Obama’s top diplomat, supported what some call “liberal interventionism,” which is barely distinguishable from neoconservatism.

Indeed, arch-neocon Robert Kagan, a co-founder of the infamous Project for the New American Century, said – in his praise of Clinton’s aggressive foreign policy – that he was ready to jettison the term “neoconservative” in favor of the phrase “liberal interventionist.”

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New Report Highlights Koch Brothers’ Role in Hurricane Katrina Damage


New Orleans flooded streets after Hurricane Katrina. (photo: AP)
New Orleans flooded streets after Hurricane Katrina. (photo: AP)

 

Marina Fang | Reader Supported News | Reader Supported News | August 29, 2015

Groups backed by the conservative billionaires helped to worsen the impact of the storm and hinder the recovery process.

 

new report from the Democratic opposition research group American Bridge’s Bridge Project describes the way Charles and David Koch, the influential conservative billionaires, put their vast resources into actions that exacerbated the impact of Hurricane Katrina and stalled the Gulf Coast’s recovery.

The report, released Thursday, highlights the Koch brothers’ influence on the region before and after the storm, including constructing and operating pipelines that destroyed wetlands south of New Orleans and attempting to obstruct legislation that would have aided the recovery.

The report describes a federal class-action lawsuit claiming that Koch Pipeline Company and other major oil companies were “partly responsible for the destruction of 1 million acres of marshlands and also for millions more acres of dying marshland.” The destruction of the marshlands eliminated New Orleans’ “natural protection against hurricane winds and storm surges,” according to the lawsuit. The case was later dismissed because a judge deemed it “ambitious.”

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West Point Professor Calls on US Military to Target Legal Critics of War on Terror


Underclassmen attend a commencement ceremony at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. (photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
Underclassmen attend a commencement ceremony at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. (photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

 

Spencer Ackerman | Guardian UK | Reader Supported News | August 29, 2015

US military academy official William Bradford argues that attacks on scholars’ home offices and media outlets – along with Islamic holy sites – are legitimate

 

n assistant professor in the law department of the US Military Academy at West Point has argued that legal scholars critical of the war on terrorism represent a “treasonous” fifth column that should be attacked as enemy combatants.

In a lengthy academic paper, the professor, William C Bradford, proposes to threaten “Islamic holy sites” as part of a war against undifferentiated Islamic radicalism. That war ought to be prosecuted vigorously, he wrote, “even if it means great destruction, innumerable enemy casualties, and civilian collateral damage”.

Other “lawful targets” for the US military in its war on terrorism, Bradford argues, include “law school facilities, scholars’ home offices and media outlets where they give interviews” – all civilian areas, but places where a “causal connection between the content disseminated and Islamist crimes incited” exist.

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When the Bank Robs You: Wells Fargo Contractors Allegedly Stole Family Heirlooms Rescued From Nazis


Well Fargo building. (photo: David Adier)
Well Fargo building. (photo: David Adier)

 

David Dayen | The Intercept | Reader Supported News | August 29, 2015

he few remaining defenders of the Obama administration’s failure to prosecute the executives who helped cause the 2008 financial crisis argue that the bankers’ actions were unethical but not criminal. President Obama himself has made this claim: “Some of the most damaging behavior on Wall Street … wasn’t illegal,” he told Steve Kroft on 60 Minutes in December 2011.

The president might want to take this up with David Adier, who says he was victimized by Wells Fargo breaking and entering into his family’s home in Morris Township, New Jersey, and then committing property damage and theft. Burglary is a felony subject to prison time — if anybody but a bank does it.

Adier’s case is doubly disturbing because of what was taken: items his father retrieved from his family’s apartment in France before fleeing the Nazis in 1940, including a Kiddush cup, a Seder plate and a sewing machine used by his grandmother.

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Change Everything or Face a Global Katrina


Naomi Klein. (photo: Rolling Stone)
Naomi Klein. (photo: Rolling Stone)

 

Naomi Klein | The Leap | Reader Supported News | August 29, 2015

or me, the road to This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate begins in a very specific time and place. The time was exactly ten years ago. The place was New Orleans, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The road in question was flooded and littered with bodies.

Today I am posting, for the first time, the entire section on Hurricane Katrina from my last book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. Rereading the chapter 10 years after the events transpired, I am struck most by this fact: the same military equipment and contractors used against New Orleans’ Black residents have since been used to militarize police across the United States, contributing to the epidemic of murders of unarmed Black men and women. That is one way in which the Disaster Capitalism Complex perpetuates itself and protects its lucrative market.

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